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Today's News

  • THE BEAT IS ON: Vitatoe, Yoshimura show policing a career for all ages

    Logan Vitatoe didn’t expect to assist on a homicide scene on his first day in law enforcement.

    But that is exactly what happened.

    “I didn’t know what to expect really,” admitted the soft-spoken 19-year-old Rockwood native. “It was kind of 100 things thrown at me at once.”

  • Class takes aim at born drug addicts

    The number of babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome born to Roane County mothers troubles Judge Dennis Humphrey. Earlier this summer, he started holding a class in his courtroom to bring awareness to the issue.

    “We’re hoping to reduce the number of children born that are drug exposed,” he said.

    Roane County Health Department Director Laura Connor said Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, also known as NAS, is caused by mothers who abuse drugs during pregnancy.

  • Battle in trenches Blue Devils’ key

    This evening the Harriman Blue Devils will travel to Oneida to face the Indians.

    For a team with a 1-2 record, many wouldn’t think of that as successful, but thus far Harriman has performed above expectations. With a young in experienced team, the Devils have actually exceeded them.

    Harriman will have to continue the trend and build upon the successes of the season. While building for the future, the Devils may find the present may be brighter.

  • Midway squares off with Unaka

    The Midway Green Wave have won two in a row and will be looking to stay hot Friday as they travel to Elizabethton to face the Unaka Rangers.

    So far in the young season, the Green Wave (2-1) has experienced the gamut of game experiences. The close, offensive slugfest only to lose in the closing moments (the game with Rockwood), the defensive battle in which the starting quarterback goes out (the game with Monterey), and the all out blow out (the game with Oakdale).

  • O.S. set to catch a cougar

    After an open week, the Oliver Springs Bobcats will be back in action this Friday when they host the Northview Academy Cougars.

    So far early in the season, things haven’t gone the way many expected for the Bobcats.

    The season opener with Bledsoe County saw Oliver Springs fall behind early and then attempt a comeback in the last half, only to run out of time, losing 28-21.

  • A Roane County clash

    This evening will see the Rockwood Tigers return home after two road games to host the Kingston Yellow Jackets.

    The last two weeks have went almost the same path for the two teams.

    Kingston beat Oliver Springs before falling to Austin-East. Rockwood fell short against Sweetwater only tor rebound for a win against Tellico Plains.

    The pair of rivals are looking to improve their records at the other’s expense. Whatever the outcome, it is safe to say a Roane County team will win tonight.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Muir Fest celebrates area’s beauty

    The Muir Fest at Fort Southwest Point tomorrow will commemorate the passage through Roane County 150 years ago of naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir.

    The view from Walden Ridge looking out over the Tennessee River Valley prompted Muir to write that the region was the most beautiful place he had ever seen.

  • GOING with the FLO: We’re draining the swamp for our veterans

    While tax reform and health care remain on the president’s agenda, he has kept his promise to our veterans.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D., was approved by a bipartisan majority vote of 100 percent in the Senate.

    He is the only Trump cabinet member to receive unanimous confirmation in the Senate.

    It is the one area the Democrats lined up along the side of President Trump. Shulkin had served under President Obama and is now serving under President Trump.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The story of Montgomery in Morgan County

    Gentle reader, as you know, there are a whole swarm of buzzing topics in the air that a column could be centered upon this week, but, we made a somewhat of a commitment last week to write about Montgomery in Morgan County, prompted by John Muir’s passing through there on his 1000 mile walk, and, although it wasn’t a promise for which we would go to hell for breaking, we think it was firm enough that it’s what this column should be about, so here we go:

  • Harriman’s Branam tasked with cleaning up his hometown

    A Harriman native will be tackling the city’s cleanup efforts.

    The city has hired David Branam as the new codes enforcement officer.

    “While he lacks experience with codes enforcement, he displayed a true desire to help improve the city in whatever way possible,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    “Additionally, there are few people with actual codes enforcement experience, so possessing the ability to learn was the primary factor we were trying to obtain in a hire.”